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North Petherton Shattockes

by Philip Shaddock

To find where this branch of the Shattocke tree sits in relation to other Shattockes, click on this link to the Experimental Shattocke Phylogenetic Tree.

North Petherton is part of a cluster of villages around Staplegrove and Taunton where a Shattocke family dynasty lived. See the English Heritage page.

North Petherton is one of the oldest Shattocke villages in the records. The first entry in the North Petherton registers is the marriage of John Shattocke to Margery Leveridge in 1540, two years after parish records were first kept. There were probably Shattockes living in North Petherton all the way down to the present. At least I know of at least one Shattock living there presently. 

North Petherton about 1900

In an article published in "Journal of One-Named Studies" (April-June 2016), Bob Hilbourne describes North Petherton as a thinly populated parish of considerable size. It is near Somerset Levels, but is on higher ground. What attracts farmers to the area is fertile soil, but it also attracts other laborers who found work in its sand pit, gravel pit and clay pit, supplying raw material to a brickyard. Apple orchards supplied the raw material for making cider. It is also on a highway that connects the large Somerset towns of Bridgwater and Taunton, making those markets accessible to local producers. Bob tells us that there are two large churches in North Petherton and two Quaker meeting houses. 

North Petherton is 11 km (7 miles) north and east of Taunton. 

According to my own research, North Petherton was an important town in the woolen trade in its earlier years, which might have attracted Shattockes to the town originally. See the North Molton Shattockes page for an in-depth discussion of this. According to the British History Online site, the cloth was made in North Petherton from the 15th century.
Cloth was made in the parish in the 15th century and many craftsmen were employed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The main product was serge, but a clothier had 140 lb. of worsted wool put out to spinners in 1640. A man described as a worsted comber in 1680 had at his death yarn, wool, three looms, and a shop full of mercery wares. There were four weavers in North Newton in 1667 and elsewhere weavers, several with more than one loom, combined their craft with farming, brewing, or cidermaking. Many had servants or apprentices. Cloth finishing seems to have been less important: woad was imported in the 16th and 17th centuries, but Dyer's Green on the North Newton road and Dye House meadow near Mill Street are the only direct evidence of dyeing and only two field names indicated cloth racking.

There is evidence that some of the Shattockes in North Petherton may have been "sheep ranchers." Did they own or look after sheep? Christopher Shattocke Sr. (ca. 1604-1675), who was born in North Petherton, moved to Staplegrove (just on the other side of Taunton) at some point before his mid-twenties. There is a court case he was involved in when he lived in Staplegrove. He is described as "husbandman."

31 Mar 1626 ...Information of Joane the wife of John Bridges of Kingston [St Mary], husbandman and Christopher Shattocke of Staplegrove, husbandman and examination of Elleanor Carter of Taunton, spinster... QUARTER SESSIONS RECORDS FOR THE COUNTY OF SOMERSET   Sessions rolls   Sessions roll for 1626.  (South West Heritage )


His son, Christopher Shattocke, Jr. of North Petherton is also described as a "husbandman" in a court document. At the Somerset County Quarter Session (Bridgewater, Oct. 6, 1668), Christopher Shattocke of North Petherton petitions the court to allow him to remain as a squatter in a common called Kingskift because he is destitute. The court rules:

24. On the petition of Christopher Shattocke of North-petherton, husbandman, shewing that he, being destitute of a house for himself, his wife and 6 small children, has erected a cottage on the waste or common called Kingskift in the said parish near the lands of Sir William Portman, Knt. and Bart.; the Court, on reading a licence by Sir William, who is lord in fee of that part of the common, for the erection and con­tinuance of the cottage, orders that the cottage be continued as Shattocke’s habitation for 60 years, if he live so long, and that he be discharged of all penalties in connection therewith.

The year of the petition (1668) suggests this is Christopher Shattocke born in 1630. (See Christopher Shattocke in node 2 of the genealogy below.) Christopher born in 1630 did have 6 children by 1668, the year of the session, five girls and one boy. The court refers to his children as "small." Indeed they were. The oldest was 12. The youngest was 1. 

"Husbandman" is a somewhat ambiguous term because it can describe either a tenant farmer or somebody who ranches or looks after farm animals. Clearly Christopher Shattocke junior is not a tenant farmer since he is destitute and squatting on somebody else's land. So "husbandman" must mean in his case somebody whose occupation is the care of farm animals. This appears to be the occupation pursued by this family.

North Petherton Shattocke Genealogy

Here is what the line of descent looks like from John Shattocke born in 1540 in North Petherton. He moves to Staplegrove at some point, where he dies. What appears to be the case is that the male descendants of the oldest Shattocke on record in North Petherton (John Shattocke ca. 1540) died out. In fact I have not been able to find any descendants of John Shattocke who have survived down to the present day.  Other Shattockes over time appear to have moved to North Petherton and had children there. There may have been family connections between Shattockes in North Petherton and Shattockes in Staplegrove prior to 1540. They seem to move back and forth between North Petherton and Staplegrove in subsequent generations. It's also possible there were Shattockes in North Petherton prior to John Shattocke and Margery Leveridge.

Note that I put the name of the place where the person died, not where they were born, beside their name. 

John Shattocke ca. 1540 (Margery Leveridge)  Staplegrove, Somerset

            John Shattocke b. 1578 (Grace Wilshire) North Petherton, Somerset              

                         Christopher Shattocke Sr. ca. 1604-1675 (Jane Browne) Staplegrove, Somerset        

1. Thomas Shattocke 1628– North Petherton

2. Christopher Shattocke Jr. 1630–1698 (Winifred Bevis) Staplegrove

2.1 Thomas Shattocke 1655– (Mary James) North Petherton

    2.1.1 Katherine Shattocke 1681– (Thomas Barrington)

    2.1.2 infant Shattocke 1682–

    2.1.3 Abraham Shattock 1688– (Mary Neathway)

    2.1.4 Christopher Shattock 1691– (Elizabeth Parsons)
    Richard Shattock 1715–
    Christopher Shattock 1717–1729
    Mary Shattock 1718– (John Aish)
    Grace Shattock 1719–

    2.1.5 Jane Shattock 1697– (John Godfry)

2.2 Mary Shattock 1658– (Nathanuell Humphry 1655–)

2.3 Joan Shattocke 1660– (Giles Gardner 1652–1720)

2.4 Elizabeth Shattock 1662– 

2.5 Katherine Shattock 1664–

2.6 Christopher Shattock 1667–

2.7 Henry Shattocke 1669–

3. John Shattocke 1633–1672 (Elizabeth Turner) North Petherton

                            3.1 John Shattocke 1633-
                                    Philip Shattock 1689–
      Elizabeth Shattock 1690–
      Amy Shattock 1693– (Richard Taylor)
      Henry Shattock 1694– (Anne Cornish)

4. Richard Shattocke 1639-                


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